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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senior midfielder Sarah Buse scored twice in the first half and the Bellarmine University women’s soccer team largely cruised from there in a 2-0 win over Jacksonville on Sunday in ASUN action at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.

Senior midfielder Grady Clark collected an assist for Bellarmine (3-4-5, 1-3 ASUN), which had been shut out in its previous four games. Any chance of a fifth in a row against Jacksonville (5-6-2, 0-4) was squashed in a hurry by the Knights, who posted two goals before the contest was even 26 minutes old.

Buse’s first time finding the net came in the 11th minute. Clark made a strong strike toward the lower left corner of the goal that Jacksonville goalkeeper Courtney Green dived to knock down. Buse was in perfect position to ram the rebound into the open net for a quick 1-0 lead.

In the 26th minute, junior forward Zenia Nava was taken down inside the box, leading to a Bellarmine penalty kick. Buse buried it for her third goal of the season and a 2-0 advantage as the Knights seemed unfazed by wet conditions after inclement weather forced a delayed start.

Jacksonville came out with energy early in the second half, but Bellarmine withstood that initial push and regained control of the play. The Knights finished with a 13-6 advantage in shots and doubled Jacksonville’s output in both halves. Bellarmine had a 7-4 edge on frame.

Senior goalkeeper Elyssa Francis tallied four saves and the defense recorded its fourth shutout.

The contest marked the final non-divisional ASUN game for Bellarmine, which opens West Division play by hosting Lipscomb at 6 p.m. (ET) Thursday. It’s the first of five divisional games for the Knights.

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